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Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea L.)

Clary Sage is a biennial herb or perennial herb, with grayish velvety heart-shaped leaves and numerous pale-blue, violet-pink, or white flowers.
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Essential Facts

Plant Parts : Flower buds

Botanical Family : Lamiaceae

Chemical Family : Esters, Monoterpenes

Country of Origin : France

Method of Extraction : Steam distillation

Cultivation Method : Certified Organic

Aroma : Warm and radiant, sweet fruity, floral and herbaceous

Note Classification : Middle

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Clary Sage is one of the most important essential oils as a women’s remedy. All three phases of a woman’s life stand to benefit from Clary Sage – the menstrual cycle, childbirth and menopause.

Clary Sage is a wonderful essential oil for the relief of menstrual cramps because of the anti-spasmodic and analgesic action on the womb. The essential oil is also a uterine stimulant and an emmenagogue (an agent that promotes and regulates menstrual flow).

Holmes suggests that Clary Sage’s estrogenic action on the system results from pituitary-gonadal stimulation. It is very likely that Clary Sage exerts a regulating action on the pituitary gland. Clary Sage is recommended for managing menopause. Holmes suggests blending it with geranium oil to use in a bath or foot bath.

Clary Sage essential oil can ease the pain, anxiety, tension, and take the edge off the mother going through childbirth.

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Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Restores confidence and courage
  • Enhances one’s ability to dream
  • Relieves nervous anxiety
  • Emotionally uplifting
  • Euphoric

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-viral
  • Bactericidal – destructive to bacteria
  • Carminative – settles digestion and may assist in preventing gas
  • Digestive System Tonic/Stimulant
  • Sedative
  • Emmenagogue – Helps promote and regulate menstruation
  • This is a fantastic oil to keep with you when traveling to help relieve an anxiety or panic attack. Just put a couple of drops of Clary Sage on the palm of your hand, vigorously rub your hands together, cup them over your nose and mouth and deeply inhale. The essential oil will calm the heart rate down while calming the person down emotionally.
  • Diffuse Clary Sage. This is a great oil for calming the mind.
  • Add a few drops to bath water.
  • Apply at the wrists as a perfume.
  • Apply Clary Sage to the wrists, temples, or bottom of feet for relaxation. May enhance one’s ability to dream and is very calming and stress relieving.
  • You can apply Clary Sage "neat,” meaning without a carrier oil. Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. You can also make a massage blend if you don’t want to use the oil "neat”. Massage Blend – Blend 5-6 drops of Clary Sage to 1 oz. of carrier oil like olive oil or any vegetable oil.
  • Massage into skin where there is pain or cramps. Use massage recipe above.
  • Massage into skin to relax and calm the nerves, to relieve depression, or to help get a good night’s sleep.

Recipes coming soon.

Possible mild irritant to skin and mucous membranes. Tisserand suggests that just because Clary Sage is labeled as an Emmenagogue does not imply that the oil is an abortifacient in the amounts used in aromatherapy and, as such, it should present no danger in pregnancy.